July 26, 2005 |
Forty-three years after she sat down at a knitting machine and stitched together the beginnings of a nearly $400-million-a-year business, Marie Gray has relinquished her post as chief designer at St. John Knits International Inc. The Irvine company said Monday that Kelly Gray, Marie Gray's daughter and the company's creative director and longtime model, had also left. The latest transition comes six weeks after St.
June 18, 2000 |
You've come hoping for a glimpse beneath the image of icy control that Kelly Gray projects as signature model for St. John Knits Inc., the elegant, Irvine-based fashion house her parents founded nearly 40 years ago. You'd wanted to get her out from behind that desk adorned with ceramic and toy Chihuahuas, the one she has occupied since father Bob appointed her company president in 1996. One idea was to catch Gray at a clothes fitting, part of the preparation for a photo shoot in Wyoming. But no.
April 16, 1999 |
Immaculately groomed women wearing perfectly hemmed suits with matching shoes and handbags arrive in shiny luxury cars and limousines to begin their twice-yearly ritual. Nearly 1,500 of them have come to the Donald Bren Center at UC Irvine to pay homage to their clothier--St. John Inc., an international knitwear firm based in a nearby industrial park. They are the best-dressed guests ever to warm a bleacher seat at the sports arena where St.
December 4, 1997
It's been called Camp St. John by those in the know. Others have described it as a gathering of "those wacky women." Whatever the take, this is a Thanksgiving tradition that seems here to stay. It started 20 years ago when Marie Gray, the designer behind St. John, decided that the day after Thanksgiving would be perfect for selling dress samples at a discount to a dozen women who couldn't afford to pay retail price for her upscale knits.
September 18, 1997 |
It looked like a scene from a rock concert, but when 1,100 people gathered at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center recently, they came to cheer not a hot band but a fashion dynasty. St. John, the Irvine-based fashion house best known for its knits, stages a runway show of its latest collections twice a year before a live audience. Thousands more customers see a videotape of the show that plays in St. John's 17 boutiques and the department stores that carry the line, such as Neiman Marcus.
March 4, 1993 |
Super-model Kelly Gray, 26, had two things to celebrate at the opening on Tuesday night of the new St. John Boutique at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa. "This beautiful store--our West Coast flagship--and my upcoming marriage," Gray told friends who attended the reception that christened the 3,500-square-foot shop. On April 17, Gray--daughter of St. John founders Marie and Bob Gray of Laguna Beach--will tie the knot with England-born musician Michael Blue, 27.